Review of Axe Heaven Miniature Guitar Replicas

A few days ago I posted a story about guitar lessons and in it you probably noticed that Allie and Mimi were playing different guitars than what you’ve seen before.  I stumbled across those guitars a few months ago while doing some online research and was a bit intrigued.  I ordered Allie’s first and was so impressed by it, I decided to get Mimi one as well.

Made by a company called Axe Heaven, there are plenty of details on these little replicas!  They are both cute, but I think the Fender Stratocaster (Allie’s) is better made than the Gretsch Duo Jet (Mimi’s).

According to the Axe Heaven website, these guitars are 1/4 scale.  Here they are side by side with the American Girl acoustic guitars I already have, which would be 1/3 scale.  I think they are actually closer to the AG scale, electric guitars of these two models are just slightly smaller than acoustic guitars.  However, AG has perhaps scaled their down a bit too since they are supposed to be “kids” guitars.  Regardless, they still work well for the dolls.

The detail even carries over to the back!

A close up of some of the Fender details:

And the Gretsch details:

The Gretsch doesn’t have a name actually on it, I think perhaps because of licensing issues.  They seem to have a deal in place with Fender.  Please disregard the fingerprints.  Just like a real black guitar, it’s an issue here too! (which is why I will never own a black guitar for myself. 😉 )  I also wasn’t wild with how the tuning pegs on the Gretsch were a bit wonky, not as well done as the Fender.

Each guitar comes with a stand.  Nice if you want to display them.

I loved the boxes they came in, made to look like guitar cases!  They do sell mini guitar cases for these as well if you really want to go that extra mile.  Straps too, although I found it just as easy to make ones out of ribbon.  It all depends on how accurate you want things to look and how much money you want to spend.

I think these are a great option for anyone who wants to have accurate guitar models for their dolls.   If you go to the Axe Heaven website, they have tons of different ones available.  I got both of these through Amazon though, I found the prices on some models to be better there.  I’ve also seen them on Ebay, but do your homework before you buy, pricing is all over the place, depending on the model and popularity.  Rock on!

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The Guitar Lesson

Evil Twin was recently here to visit and Zoe and Raynia came along with her.  While the girls were here, they decided to take Allie up on an offer she made to teach them a few songs on the guitar.  Mimi joined them as well, and they all had a great time!

Allie has been playing the guitar for several years, she started when she was only 7!  She knows how to play all sorts of cool songs, and the girls decided they really wanted to learn a couple of Tom Petty songs.  Allie said that once you learn the basics of Tom Petty songs, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of all of them.  They started out with “You Wreck Me” and moved on to “Yer So Bad”.

 

When the girls had a little trouble with some of the fingerings on a few chords they weren’t used to, she was very good about helping them out.  Zoe was excited to finally get the hang of barre chords!  (If you are a guitar player, you know just how frustrating those can be sometimes. 😉 )

After they got the hang of those two songs, Allie decided it would be fun to teach them a Gin Blossoms song.  They learned how to play “Mrs. Rita” and she gave them some pointers on how to sing and play at the same time.

The last song she taught them was “Til I Hear It From You”.  Zoe, Raynia and Mimi all played the backing parts while Allie did all of the solos.  It sounded really good!

I think the girls all had a good time and look forward to the next time they get together so they can learn more songs!

(And in case you are wondering about Mimi and Allie’s guitars, stay tuned, a review on those is coming in a few days!)

 

Review of Our Generation Magic Tricks Set

Our Generation introduced a bunch of new outfits recently and after I checked them out, there was one I just had to have:

I was super excited about it because in Louisa’s introduction, she revealed that she loves magic and that she is a huge fan of Penn and Teller.  I was even more impressed with the fact that it didn’t take me all that long to find it in store.

This set retails for $17.99 and it happened to be on sale for $14.99.  There are some nice pieces in this set and I was happy to see that it didn’t have any of the weird color combos that Our Generation seems to be notorious for. 😉

The only thing I’m not so sure about are those tights, but for a magician’s outfit, I guess anything kind of goes.

The accessories are very cute.  The deck of cards is real too, not just an empty box!  I do wish they had put some sort of handle on the magic wand though.  And that hat…wow!  It is fantastic.  When Louisa isn’t using it for her magic tricks, I can see one of the horse crazy girls wearing it for a fancy dress riding competition!

Since Louisa is the intended recipient of this outfit, I only thought it appropriate that she try it out first.  We did encounter a bit of a problem.

With the tights on, the shoes aren’t going on, no way, no how.  You might fare better with an Our Generation doll, but there’s another problem with the shoes.

The bottoms have a weird curve to them, so it makes it extremely difficult to get the doll to stand.  It’s a shame because the shoes are really very cute.  😦

The top and skirt are very cute.  The fit on them is good too.  As you can see, Louisa is posing in bare feet because she didn’t want to worry about falling over!  The hat also fits well too, Louisa even had one of those braided headbands in her hair.

“Ladies and Gentlemen!  I, the amazing Louisa will make a rabbit appear in this hat on my head!  I will tap my magic wand and…voila!”

“Wait a second…where is that darned rabbit????  I guess I need to practice more!”

I give this set a B+, taking off points for the weird shoes.  Still a cute set though and worth picking up for the magician in your dollhouse!

“Now who’s really the magician?!”